Ro 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

I don’t know how many times in the last twenty-six years that the Holy Spirit has given me this verse in ministering to someone. And I can remember on one of the most difficult days in my life when the Holy Spirit gave it to someone to give to me. It didn’t really feel so good that day, but the Lord has used it in a lot of ways over the last twenty-six years in our lives and in the lives of those that God has had us to minister to.

Last Thursday I broke the screen on my cell phone. I just got it back today. The first day it reminded me of my first day of quitting smoking over 32 years ago. I would reach for my phone just like I reached for a pack of cigarettes. But to be honest it got better every day.

Here are some ways that I believe that God worked for good in this. I have been able to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit more clearly. One thing that the Lord showed me was that I spent too much time scrolling Facebook. I know that the Lord gave me a ministry on Facebook. But on the other hand, I didn’t have to know what every person that a friend was thinking about on every issue, or their favorite football team, or so many other things.

The Lord also began to speak more clearly when I was studying His word. I have a busy schedule coming up. I will be preaching Revival services in Mississippi, going to Guatemala, and working a Christian retreat within the next couple of months. Please keep me in prayer for all those opportunities to lift up the Name of Jesus. I also felt like the Lord used that time to help me hear more clearly what He wanted me to do during those opportunities.

One neat thing that happened was while we were at J.J.’s Dad’s this past weekend happened when the power went off. Normally I might have used what battery that I had left to do something on my cell phone. Well, we just decided to sing hymns during that time. We must have sung at least ten, or eleven hymns. It was truly a glorious time, and the Holy Spirit was present with us in a good way.

As I mentioned earlier, I got my phone back about two hours ago. The Bible tells us in Jas 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (NKJV) I know with what I do and in this culture that I need a cell phone.

On the other hand, I know that I don’t need to spend as much time scrolling Facebook or going to the sites of news networks. So, pray for me that it will be a tool for God to use in His Kingdom and that I won’t clutter my mind and my spirit with unnecessary information.

One more way that God worked in this is that I have been sleeping
better at night. I don’t wake up and think about something that I saw on Facebook. So feel free to hold me accountable about this.

You may be going through something a whole lot more serious than what I just shared. I have had some of those things. But no matter what it is if we trust Him God will work in it in some way. I know as I said earlier, He has done it in my life and in the lives of so many that He has allowed me to share that passage with.

Let Us Pray
Lord there may be some people reading this that are experiencing something a whole lot more serious than being without their cell phone for a week. No matter what it may be Lord help them to trust You to work for their good in their situation.
In Jesus Name

Love you all
Your Friend/Kinfolk

PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. It is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper, I believe it is on TV 16.
Please pray for our broadcast that the Lord will use it to bring sinners into the Kingdom and to edify His people.

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